Reading & Writing Tools

7 Classroom Activities for the Alphabet Legends Books

You might have heard the buzz in a Facebook post shared by a friend or a picture in your Instagram feed. Well, last year I connected with the folks behind the Alphabet Legends series. They even gave me a book to giveaway on my own Instagram page. I’m so excited to share a few ways […]

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Read Aloud Videos and Teacher Guides from Storyline Online

Over the past few years, I’ve had the chance to speak at a variety of literacy conferences. From Nebraska to Maryland, Orlando to Austin, I’ve shared strategies for integrating digital tools into the classroom and favorite online resources for educators. High on my list of favorite resources is Storyline Online. If you haven’t heard of […]

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Spark Your Students’ Creativity with These Reading Activities

At a conference in Arizona this week, I shared favorite online resources for readers. Although I highlighted popular content consumption tools for readers, like EPIC!, Newsela, and Scholastic News, I also focused on creation in the reading classroom. Readers can access news articles, blog posts, videos and ebooks easier than ever. It’s wild to think […]

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Engaging Elementary School Writing with Night Zookeeper

Do you have reluctant writers in your classroom? As an elementary school teacher, I loved modeling writing and hosting a writer’s workshop for students. But I also knew it wasn’t every student’s favorite subject area. If elementary school writing is a topic you’re covering this year, you will want to check out Night Zookeeper. I […]

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Transform Independent Reading with MoxieReader Blended Literacy Program

MoxieReader is a blended literacy program for school and home that digitizes and personalizes independent reading. It features book scanning and tracking, leveled book recommendations, and motivation to read through personalized reading plans. Independent reading is an important part of a child’s day and this tool helps children…

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Blended Learning Program Lexia Reading Core5 for Fundamental Literacy Skills

Are you using a blended learning program in your classroom? Lexia Reading Core5 is a research-based program for students in PreK through fifth grade. It is friendly for schools with lots of different types of technology. Lexia Reading Core5 provides norm-referenced data for teachers to help make instructional decisions for individual students. Instead of taking a test, the […]

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5 Ways Nearpod Transformed My Teaching

Nearpod is a favorite tool that I used in my classroom as a one-to-one iPad teacher and now use all the time in my professional development workshops. I love how Nearpod makes any lesson interactive and engaging while giving teachers actionable formative assessment data. Since Nearpod is an absolute favorite so I thought I’d take […]

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11 Technology Tools for the Reading Classroom

Last week I made my third trip to Nebraska for the Nebraska State Reading Conference. It was so much fun meeting new teachers and sharing plenty of my favorites technology tools for reading. You might have seen the picture of the tiny plane that took me to Kearney, NE in the graphic of this post. […]

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6 Quick Classroom Activities for YouTube’s Discovery News Science Videos

Do you use YouTube clips in your classroom? When it comes to navigating YouTube the task might feel daunting. The content on this video hosting site ranges greatly – both in quality and subject matter. One of my favorite YouTube channels is Discovery News. Many companies and traditional television channels have carved out a space […]

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Education Book Spotlight: #HackingPBL by Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy

Interested in project based learning? You will definitely want to check out the new book in the Hacking Learning series, Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom. Authors Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy share their experiences as former classroom teachers and current administrators. This book is packed with actionable, ready to […]

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